Where rural businesses can find support this winter

As 2020 comes to a close, an uncertain winter lies ahead across the United States. The coronavirus pandemic will continue during the winter months and entrepreneurs will be hunkering down to the best of their ability. This includes businesses in rural areas, which face their own unique barriers due to location.

In 2019, Small Business Majority released a report that examined the opportunities and challenges facing rural small businesses.

The survey of 530 rural small business owners sheds light on how to better stimulate and support rural entrepreneurship. Rural businesses struggle to maintain the same level of connectivity possessed by their metropolitan counterparts.

Other challenges include significantly less reliable broadband internet services, access to capital (particularly in rural areas with fewer banking options), and trouble finding and hiring capable employees.

Another unique finding? The lack of awareness of resources available to rural businesses

Rural entrepreneurs do have spaces that … Read more

8 things solopreneurs must do to finish the year on the right track

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Ready to say goodbye to the turbulence and uncertainty of the past year? You’re not alone. Like your fellow solopreneurs, 2020 most likely brought you a whole new set of challenges that tested the resiliency and fortitude that made you want to strike out on your own in the first place. And, if you decided to start your business this year, the challenges were even more extraordinary.

The fact that you’re reading this now is a good sign you weathered the storm, and hearty congratulations are in order. But, of course, you can’t rest on your laurels. You need to prepare for 2021. So, before the … Read more